Back to School: Why Volunteers Are More Important Than Ever

It’s that time of year again! We are tremendously excited about the upcoming school year, and are already making plans to make this a great year for our students. That means we need you to join us and volunteer to help students achieve their reading goals. Last year, we had the best year in volunteers yet, and that’s why your involvement - whether new or continued - is more important than ever. Why Teacher-led Reading Environments Aren’t Enough Reading is one of the most important life skills we learn at an early age. We have found copious amounts of research that conclude that getting children reading at appropriate levels by the third grade is vital. Up to that point, [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Tap into Childhood: Reading the Books of Your Youth

“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” ~ Kathleen Kelly (from You’ve Got Mail) We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. What you do as part of Education Connection helps children forge their identities and shapes them into the kind of people they will become as adults, just as the books you read as a child did for you. So, indulge. Remember those wonderful stories, those other worlds. Dive deep into one of your favorite books...or read all your favorites. Don’t worry; if you’re having trouble deciding, we have a few titles listed here to inspire you. The following [...]

July 1st, 2018|

Summer Reading Guide – Part 2: Reading Tips

Now that school is letting out for the summer, it’s even more crucial to keep up your child’s reading momentum. In addition to the recommendations we posted last month of great children’s books to read, we’re adding these extra tips as part of your summer reading guide. “Just a few more minutes!” If you’ve ever heard your student say this, that child may know something you don’t. As it turns out, 6 minutes can make the difference between whether your student is struggling, getting by, or excelling. In the last three decades, rates on reading have dropped anywhere from 10% in young children to 35% in near-college level students. Over half of nearly 10 million students observed in a [...]

June 1st, 2018|

Summer Reading Guide – Part I: Book Recommendations for Summer Reading

The days are getting longer, the sun hotter. That’s right: it’s almost summer. That means children will be leaving the classroom behind for a couple months. You may have seen our March post on keeping children reading over Spring Break, and we’ll be back at the beginning of June with more tips on keeping children reading when they’re away from school. Meanwhile, this is the perfect time to prep for the inevitable by checking out some book recommendations for summer reading in part one of our Summer Reading Guide. Picture Books Many of these early books are classics that have endured the test of time, so check out these easy reads with your little ones: Goodnight Moon by Margaret [...]

May 1st, 2018|

How Reading Books Improves Social Skills

The academic benefits of reading have been well publicized. What is less often considered is how those skills overlap into social situations. Social skills are a vital part of a child’s growth and development. While we are increasingly connected on the digital front, we are also becoming less connected in everyday life. More children are growing up in this fast-paced and frenetic environment. As they move on to adulthood and the job market, learning appropriate methods of social interaction at an early age will be even more important. Reading books can improve those skills. Reading books improves concentration and patience It is generally well-known that reading improves focus and concentration in academics. That same focus is essential to social [...]

April 1st, 2018|

How to Keep Your Children Reading Through Spring Break

It’s almost vacation time. The schools are about to let out for that precious week before the preparations for end-of-year testing begins. That means your reading buddy is probably about to be at home for the week. Often families take this time to go on vacation, do cleaning projects, or just lounge around. This is a vital part of his or her routine. The great news is that your reading buddy can still keep up their reading during this time, too. Here are some some suggestions to give to your reading buddy and their parents to keep them reading during the entire week of Spring Break. Make a library date At the beginning of Spring Break, take your child [...]

March 1st, 2018|